Today in books and publishing: Amazon is selling Spanish language e-books, David Foster Wallace once misused a word, and you can now read Dickens with all the original ads.
Good news, fans of original source materials: The New York Public Library has started digitizing "thousands" of original, handwritten documents from the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, and Henry David Thoreau. This will be particularly helpful come 2014, when the project is complete, and you're stranded near Walden Pond with an iPad, because the collection includes Thoreau's "original pencil map" of the area. [via INFOdocket]
While writing an essay recently, Millions contributor Brian Ted Jones wanted to use an adjective "related to the study of proper names." He knew the word he thought he wanted -- nomological -- because he recently spotted it used in a similar context while re-reading David Foster Wallace's essay "The String Theory." But it turns out, nomological doesn't have anything to do with names. It's an adjective "relating to or denoting certain principles, such as laws of nature, that are neither logically necessary nor theoretically explicable, but are simply taken as true." Jones concludes the word DFW meant to use was omological, which would have made a lot more sense. Remember this the next time you get tripped up by a homophone, or just misuse a word. [The Millions]